DIG - Harvest Desert Bean Trees for Food & Medicine
This class will give you a hands-on experience in becoming a desert forager of the three important bean trees in our area: Mesquite, Paloverde, and Ironwood. You will get to taste the beans and take away recipes for flour, syrup, jelly, edamame, tea, and more.
The learning objectives of this class include:
- How to identify, harvest, prepare, and store mesquite, paloverde, and ironwood beans
- Ethnobotany of these beans
- Tasting and smelling samples of these beans , raw and cooked, so students will know what they like best
- Knowing how these three trees play a part in the Sonoran Desert ecosystem
- Getting recipes for bean flour or meal, syrup, jelly, edamame, tea, and more
- Experience in harvesting these beans if any are ripe on the property
Instructor: Kelly Athena Kelly has lived in Arizona since 1986, and started sampling wild edibles soon after arrival. She has been an avid desert forager for the last four years. She holds master's degrees in photography and music. She is the author of an Amazon Best Seller, Wild Dancing Heart, a book of empowering poems, many of them nature-based. Kelly graduated from the Master Gardener program in 2014. She has been the webmaster and photographer for the Ahwatukee Community Garden since 2012 and writes weekly sustainability column in the Ahwatukee Foothills Newspaper. She is also an active member of the Arizona Herb Association. Kelly loves to share her knowledge of the Sonoran Desert with others on her website “CactusKelly,” and through plant walks and workshops.